How do you make an Emergency Evacuation Plan?
Emergency Evacuation Plans are easy to make and there are tons of great resources online to ensure you have the best plan for your family. An Emergency Evacuation Plan can be made for all types of incidents like wildfire, home fire, earthquake, extreme weather, etc.
Some helpful tips for creating your evacuation plan can be found below. Check out more of our article posts for specific incident plan preparation.
Make A Emergency Evacuation Plan
Plans can come in all shapes and sizes.
First, establish what type of incident you are planning for. Is it fire? Is it an earthquake?
Draw a simple diagram/map of your home/property.
Identify a meet up location in your home for all members to gather if they are able. In the case of a fire, it is best to have an outdoor meetup area that is away from the main structure. (mark the location on your home/property map)
Identify an outdoor meeting area for all members to gather if you are unable to gather indoors. (mark the location on your home/property map)
In the case of an evacuation, have all important documents and other items stored together in a quick grab area of your home/property. Ensure you know WHO will be grabbing these items. (mark the location on your home/property map)
For instances that you are to shelter at home (i.e. earthquake or extreme weather), create a survival kit for your family and mark the location of the kit on your home/property map. - Details for creating a emergency kit can be found here https://www.ready.gov/kit, or you may want to check out our other posts on creating a great kit.
Practice, Practice, Practice. It is of the utmost importance for you and your family to practice your emergency plan. Do a dry run of meeting up, grabbing the essentials, and make adjustments as needed to ensure your family gets together safely and quickly.